As the final episodes of Line of Duty series six plays out, some fans think they have cracked the mystery of the identity of ‘H’.
In episode four of this series, we saw lawyer Jimmy Lakewell (Patrick Baladi) talk to DI Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) from prison. Steve was attempting to get information out of Lakewell about what he knows about the head of the OCG (Organised Crime group).
Fearing for his safety, Lakewell was reluctant to pass over information. But what he did tell Arnott, when speaking about the death of journalist Gail Vella, was that he needed to “Look beyond the race claim to find H.”
Many fans have subsequently pointed out that “race claim” is almost an anagram for “Carmichael”, minus one letter: H.
Lakewell was subsequently murdered in a prison cell just hours later.
In the following episode, which aired April 19, we saw the return of none other than Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael (Anna Maxwell Martin).
This has left some fans to conclude that Carmichael is the elusive ‘H’ i.e the final corrupt officer that works with the OCG.
One said: “My head has just exploded.”
Others thought it was far-fetched. It is a long-running clue, when communicating with officers on a secure web chat, that the elusive ‘H’ spells the word ‘definitely’ wrong (“definately”). This clue popped up again in the most recent episode.
But one fan said that, given how assertive and pedantic Carmichael is, there’s no way she would make this spelling error.
One fan said: There’s no way Carmichael is ‘H’. She’d know how to spell “definitely”
Some thought it was a red-herring and poked fun at this theory by saying that the buttons on Carmichaels coat were in the shape of ‘H’.
Whether or not you believe this fan theory or not, as the final episodes of Line of Duty play out, we can be sure that we won’t have to wait long for the answer to be revealed…